Category Social Sciences

Christina Greer

Black Ethnic Identity and Immigration: Pursuit of the American Dream

Social Sciences Forum
Christina Greer, associate professor of political science, Fordham University
Tuesday, February 23, 4:30 p.m.
University Center Room 310

There has been significant voluntary immigration of black populations from Africa and the Caribbean over the past few decades, which has changed the racial, ethnic, and political landscape in the U.S. An important question for social scientists is how these “new” blacks will behave politically in the U.S. (Click heading for full description.)

Karl Alexander

The Long Shadow: Poverty, Privilege & Education in Baltimore

Social Sciences Forum
Karl Alexander, research professor of sociology, Johns Hopkins University
Wednesday, March 23, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth and the Transition to Adulthood tells the story of the Baltimore-based Beginning School Study Youth Panel (BSSYP), a probability sample of typical urban children who came of age over the last decades of the 20th Century and into the first decade of the 21st. It is an account of their social mobility from origins to destinations, framed in life-course perspective. (Click heading for full description.)

3.24.16

Implicit Biases, Moral Agency, and Moral Responsibility

Humanities Forum
Angela Smith, Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, Washington and Lee University
Evelyn Barker Memorial Lecture
Thursday, March 24, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Dr. Smith argues that we can be held responsible for implicit biases that underlie our thoughts and behavior, despite the fact that we often lack conscious awareness and control of them. Such biases involve exercises of our evaluative agency that we can be asked to justify, and this makes us subject to moral assessment for them. (Click heading for full description.)

3.29.16

MEMS Colloquium Lecture: Shakespeare Anniversary 2016

Humanities Forum
Frances Dolan, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Davis
‘Some wine, ho!’ Shakespeare, Women, and the Story of English Wine
Tuesday, March 29, 4 p.m.
University Center Room 312

What did Shakespeare’s contemporaries drink and what did they think about it? This talk explores the untold story of English wine and, in particular, the contributions of Shakespeare and women to that story. Frances Dolan will help us to understand the English dream of growing grapes and making wines, with examples that range from Shakespeare’s London to colonial Virginia, from the sixteenth century to popular depictions of that period today. (Click heading for full description.)

Eldar Shafir

Psychology and Policy in Contexts of Scarcity

Social Sciences Forum
Eldar Shafir, William Steward Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Tuesday, April 5, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The psychology that emerges when people do not have enough (money, time, etc.) will be considered, along with some of the behaviors — commendable as well as problematic — that emerge as a result. Some implications for policy and for the conduct of everyday life will be considered. (Click heading for full description.)

4.7.16

Heroes and Villains: Art, Imagination and the Road to Improved Race Relations in Baltimore

Humanities Forum
Breai Mason-Campbell, Baltimore dancer, teacher, and community activist
Daphne Harrison Lecture and Performance
Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m.
Dance Cube, Performing Arts and Humanities Building Room 337

Bigotry and systemic injustice are characterized by emotional detachment and resistance to accountability. They are positioned at the polar ends of the spectrum we use to explain the disproportionate sufferings of Americans who are black. Thus, we remain confounded by a civic order that is unjust. By considering its power to broaden imaginations, reveal truths, and inspire empathy, this talk and dance performance will explore the ways in which Arts Education is poised to lead the way towards repairing relationships and lives in what will be the deciding years of the health of Baltimore. (Click heading for full description.)

4.13.16

Can A Comic Book Superhero and Rape Survivor Change Attitudes Toward Sexual Violence?

Humanities Forum
Ram Devineni, filmmaker, publisher, and founder of Rattapallax publishing and film production company
Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Performing Arts and Humanities Building Room 132

In “Priya’s Shakti,” the technologically innovative and wildly popular “first Indian comic book of its kind” (The New York Times), a mortal woman falls victim to a brutal sexual assault then joins forces with the Goddess Parvati to fight against sexual violence. Ram Devineni, the comic book’s co-creator, discusses the creation of the comic book, how it went viral, and how to use the comic book format to address pressing social issues. (Click heading for full description.)

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